Family Immigration

Family Immigration Legal Services

Please select the relationship that best describes your situation:

Marriage Visa to U.S. Citizen Immigration ServicesFiancee Visa of United States Citizen Immigration ServicesChild of US Citizen Immigration ServicesParent of U.S. Citizen Immigration Service

removal of ConditionsSibling of U.S. Citizen Immigration ServicesSpouse of U.S. Permanent ResidentChild of U.S. Permanent Resident


Most immigrants gain permanent residency through their family relationships to U.S. citizens. However, not every family relationship qualifies, and each relationship offers different levels of immigration benefits.

Immediate Relatives

Immediate relatives of U.S. Citizens are afforded the most immigration advantages by the U.S. immigration service (formerly INS).  Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens are:

Preference Category Family Members

Family members who are not immediate relatives are assigned one of four family preference categories.  Each preference category has a statutory limit on the number of immigrants that are allowed into the United States each year.  Due to this limitation, qualifying family members will often need to wait until their visa preference date is reached before being able to become green card holders.  The visa preference date is updated monthly by the Department of State’s Visa Bulletin.

First Preference

Second Preference

Third Preference

Fourth Preference